String Storage

dvd8n

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How do you store your strings so that they don't get tangled or damaged?

I don't mean the ones that you use day-to-day - I mean the ones that came out slightly the wrong size, or are for a bow that you don't have any more, or are a bit scruffy and you replaced. And of course you can't throw away 'just in case'.

Or is it just me?
 


BillM

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A long time ago I was advised by an International archer to connect the two ends with a safety pin then coil the string so that there are no folds. Simply put the string into a zip-loc bag (about 8" x 5") and store wherever. This makes it easy to put back on the bow and keeps the twists. I also apply a bit of white leccy tape to the safety pin which I write the string details on. I've been doing it this way for about fifteen years and it works.

BillM
 


geoffretired

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One way might be to hang them from a thin bar across the end of a plastic pipe, so they hang inside inside. Caps on each end to stop them drying out.
 


geoffretired

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I assumed from the way many archers like to put strings in plastic bags that drying out might be an issue.
If the bag is for other reasons like keeping clean or putting off mice... a plastic pipe would help.
 


geoffretired

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I assumed from the way many archers like to put strings in plastic bags that drying out might be an issue.
If the bag is for other reasons like keeping clean or putting off mice... a plastic pipe would help.
 


BillM

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I assumed from the way many archers like to put strings in plastic bags that drying out might be an issue.
If the bag is for other reasons like keeping clean or putting off mice... a plastic pipe would help.
In all the years I have been shooting, the wax on the string reduces moisture absorption and so far, I've never had mice infestation in my bow case. Maybe it is too cold up here in the North. Also, my stings are for a 68" bow so the plastic pipe wouldn't fit into my bow case but the small zip-loc bag does along with all the spare ones I carry.

BillM
 


geoffretired

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Hi BillM, From the OP I felt the idea was to store strings that were no longer in use, so I wasn't expecting them to be carried around on archery days, but left at home. The mice were a bit of a joke, but in my garage, where I might store strings, they could be a problem. I'm not sure where the OP will store his.
 


Timid Toad

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I drape mine over the back of a chair. When they get old I recycle them into other projects.
 


BillM

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Geoff,

If all else fails, read the question. I still store some old string in zip-loc bags whereas ones that are past their 'useful state' are taken apart and the string material used in other ways.

BillM
 


Timid Toad

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Wherever you need stitched/tied permanently. Wherever linen thread isn't strong enough.
 


dvd8n

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I decided to do the zip lock bag thing but I had an empty ring binder in the house so I filed them in that in the bags.

They are now out of the spare room and not annoying the wife anymore :)
 


Corax67

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As our tech guy at club makes all my strings for me (and anyone else who wants them) at a very low cost then I am able to change my strings regularly rather than when they are shot to death so the old ones still have plenty of life in them and get recycled into club stock for use on the beginners & intermediate loan bows, re-served as necessary.

We have a timber strip with cup hooks attached inside our kit container and simply hang them on the hooks which are all marked for bow length so it's nice and easy to pick one up as needed. Bottom ends are lightly weighted with another cup hook epoxied into half a dozen large steel washers to prevent kinks.

Very battered strings get recycled for other jobs such as sewing repairs & stuff. The thread is far too useful to bin unless it is too frayed.




Karl
 


Timid Toad

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As our tech guy at club makes all my strings for me (and anyone else who wants them) at a very low cost then I am able to change my strings regularly rather than when they are shot to death so the old ones still have plenty of life in them and get recycled into club stock for use on the beginners & intermediate loan bows, re-served as necessary.

We have a timber strip with cup hooks attached inside our kit container and simply hang them on the hooks which are all marked for bow length so it's nice and easy to pick one up as needed. Bottom ends are lightly weighted with another cup hook epoxied into half a dozen large steel washers to prevent kinks.

Very battered strings get recycled for other jobs such as sewing repairs & stuff. The thread is far too useful to bin unless it is too frayed.




Karl
Absolutely. The material is too expensive to waste and perfectly serviceable. If I'm doing a sewing repair it'll be stronger than then the original. But why be lazy and waste new fibre? Reuse, recycle, repair.
 


dvd8n

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Absolutely. The material is too expensive to waste and perfectly serviceable. If I'm doing a sewing repair it'll be stronger than then the original. But why be lazy and waste new fibre? Reuse, recycle, repair.
I believe that it's trendy to call it upcycling now :D
 


dvd8n

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Oh and serving thread is great for sewing buttons.
 


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